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If you are new to banjos, get a Recording King RK-03 or a gold tone ac-5

Jul 30, 2021 - 9:47:32 PM
74 posts since 5/20/2020

the main thing is practicing using a playable instrument

The lighter the banjo, such as an RK-03, or and old harmony composite, or an AC-5, is light enough to grab it when in your recliner.

a 16 pound banjo is like a squirmy kid in your lap. and not as "grabbable"

practice the 3-finger rolls for 5 minutes, as many times as you can, until you roll and vary the timing. It is very hard at first, but keep doing it.

If you have to get a 16 pound relic out of the case, it will never happen quickly

Jul 31, 2021 - 4:48:55 AM
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2664 posts since 12/31/2005

I think Dirty Thirties RK and GoldTones both use 5/8" height bridges and standard string spacing (someone correct me if this is the first time in my life that I am wrong about something :-) ). That really helps with muscle memory when you pick up your main banjo. The old Harmony banjos (1/2" bridge and narrow spacing) take real adjustment when you switch over.

Everyone should have a "couch banjo" and something they can leave out. These lighter banjos are much more resilient and it's amazing how many licks you'll come up with noodling around.

Jul 31, 2021 - 5:34:55 AM
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Eric A

USA

1281 posts since 10/15/2019

I think I read somewhere that even Earl kept an old open back on his couch.

Jul 31, 2021 - 12:04:16 PM

11695 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

I think Dirty Thirties RK and GoldTones both use 5/8" height bridges and standard string spacing (someone correct me if…)

 


Nothing to correct. You are right — again.

Aug 3, 2021 - 8:31:52 PM

114 posts since 11/26/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

... Everyone should have a "couch banjo" and something they can leave out. These lighter banjos are much more resilient and it's amazing how many licks you'll come up with noodling around.


I couldn't agree more! That's what got me into playing the ukulele years and years ago. It was so we mall, lightweight and accessible, I could have it laying around wherever, whenever. Same with the lighter weight open-backed banjos. In fact, it's precisely why I bought my first open-backed . . . lightweight, easy to pickup, wherever, whenever.

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